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25.5 x 20.5cm, b/w original silver gelatine photograph taken in Dean Clough, 1995 - the massive first installation of the WORK PEOPLE OF HALIFAX 1877-1982 - hundreds of tarnished metal boxes each with an attached label with a name of one of the past workers in the factory buildings that employed thousands of workers in carpet making. The factory closed in 1983.
Boltanski researched all of the names of workers that he could find amongst records from the factory and created a box for each person. The boxes are all empty but one cannot tell that from look alone and it is usually assumed that there are records or relics inside but there is not.
The work exists in various dimensions - there are literally thousands of boxes and it has been shown in a number of different installations since it was first shown in Yorkshire, UK.